Match Report: N.B-52 Has Quiet A Good Game As The Mackems Go Down 2-1 Away To Norwich City
Nicklas Bendtner was starting for the third time in a row when Sunderland travelled South to take on newly promoted to the Barclays Premiership, Norwich City. You could tell that Nicklas and co were getting a little more used to their roles and how each other play with some nice crisp passing and some nice movement between all the new signings.
Sunderland were dominating the early proceedings, like i said crisp passing and movement was the mainstay of Sunderland’s play. Vaughan, Craig Gardner, Seb Larsson and N.B-52 Were the vocal points in these moves. NB dropped deep to collect possesion at times and looked quiet dangerous driving at the Norwich defence with some neat intrequte stuff and playing some tippy-tappy stuff around the box with fellow striker Sessegnon. Norwich were finding it hard to get near them, but looked very dangerous on the break and The Canaries were fighting then to win the second loose ball.
N.B-52 was at the heart of most things the away side done, and skipped past a challenge of a Norwich City defender before squaring a nice pass to England U21 player Craig Gardner who fizzing drive was always rising. Norwich took the lead against the run of play soon after though. E.Bennett with a one-two that really should have been delt with, before he cut it back for centre-half Leon Barnett to tuck away from close range, It was 1-0 to Norwich City. Almost instantly SAFC replied, Sessegnon driving a somewhat difficult pass towards N.B-52, who took it well with a lovely touch, before letting fly but the Norwich City keeper was equal too it low down to his right. It would have been a collectors item goal if it had gone in from Bendtner, classic 2-touch finish. It was 1-0 to Norwich going into the half-time break.
As things started in the second period, the pace of the game was slowed somewhat down from both sides, that would only be a short term thing though. Steve Morison a Wales international, headed Norwich into a shock 2-0 lead, It was like they had caught the SAFC defence unaware and it was a classic English centre forwards header, it was 2-0 to the home side.
Sunderland upped their game with time running out, a late consolation by newly positioned Kieran Richardson wasn’t enough though. It was a great strike from a diagonal angle, from around 25 yards that beat a good few bodies before fizzing into the far bottom corner of the net. Sunderland pushed for a equaliser late on hitting aerial balls to Conor Wickham and J-O’Shea but it wasn’t to be and it was a loss.
N.B-52 Verdict: Nicklas had quiet a good game, without sounding biast, he was probably SAFC’s most dangerous and livliest player always coming deep to collect the ball on the deck and looking to link up and put people in showing again his technicall side of his game. He worked the keeper on 2 occasions and fizzed another half volley just wide. On a couple of occasions i noticed he drifted nicely to the left and if Sessegnon would’ve had the awarness he would have been in. Lets not forget most of these players havent played with each other for long at all and things will probably only get better for this new look side, I know for sure theres still alot more to come from the 6″4 fleet footed Danish forward!.
Article By Matthew Collins